Series Overview: There are two opposing forces - the winds of culture and the will of Christ. As much as we try to mesh them together - to fit into culture, to be like everyone else, and still follow Jesus, there’re points that where they conflict with each other. That’s when we feel it - the pressure to conform, to acquiesce to others, go with the flow, and not buck the system. But at what price?
Today's Message: 08/12/2018
Part 2 - Beating the Comparison Trap
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. - Acts 5:1-5
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” -1 Samuel 8:4–9
Comparison breeds resentment, acceptance breeds contentment